University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Martin Greven
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Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has led a research effort that found a link between quantum oscillations and charge order in high temperature superconductors. Superconductivity is a quantum mechanical phenomenon of exactly zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields that occurs in certain materials when cooled below a characteristic critical temperature.


Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship


Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »

Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

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Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »


Wednesday, March 27th
1:25 pm:
Dirty Entangled Quantum Magnets —
Itamar Kimchi, University of Colorado - Boulder
Faculty Co-Host: Alex Kamenev
Thursday, March 28th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Fast, volumetric imaging with microscopes —
Jerome C. Mertz, College of Engineering, Boston University
12:10 pm:
Jin-Ah Kim and Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Atom interferometry for fundamental physics and gravitational wave detection —
Jason Hogan, Stanford University
Friday, March 29th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
The multidimensional character of nucleosynthesis in core-collapse supernovae —
James Austin Harris, Oak Ridge National Lab
12:20 pm:
The temperature and doping dependence of the inverse spin Hall effect in n-GaAs —
Zhen Jiang
12:30 pm:
A quantum-classical duality and emergent space-time —
Vitaly Vanchurin (U. Minnesota, Duluth)
2:30 pm:
Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves —
Vuk Mandic
3:35 pm:
The Politics of Popular Physiology in Germany in the 1840s and 50s —
Lynn Nyhart, History - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
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